Mets 6, Braves 1 John Smoltz (0-2) was unhittable for the first 7 innings. He had 15 strikeouts, no walks, and a shutout going. The problem was that he had already thrown 103 pitches, and he had only a 1-0 lead as Pedro Martinez was also throwing smoke for the Mets. But, there was no way that Smoltz was leaving the game with the way he was throwing. I don't blame Bobby for leaving him in. The leadoff hitter in the 8th for the Mets, Jose Reyes, hit a groundball that found a hole on the right side.Season record: 4-2, 1st place
He then stole 2nd. He was then bunted over. With one out, Carlos Beltran belted a breaking ball that hung up a little in the strike zone into the first row of seats in the right field stands to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Smoltz came out of the game to a well-deserved standing ovation. If he has some more games like this one, what a season it will be.
Bobby brought in Tom Martin who poured some gas on the fire, immediately giving up a home run to Cliff Floyd and a double to Doug Mientkiewicz (I think that's how it's spelled?), practically ending the Braves' chances of winning the game. Roman Colon came in and gave up a home run to David Wright. The Mets scored again in the 9th off of Jorge Sosa, although by this time they were just releasing the frustration of starting 0-5.
The Braves offense had just 2 hits off of Pedro Martinez. Their only run came in the 4th as Chipper Jones walked and then scored on a Johnny Estrada double. Andruw Jones led off the 2nd inning with a triple but no one could get him home.
Braves 6, Mets 3
Brian Jordan hit a grand slam, and Chipper Jones hit his 2nd home run of the season to help the Braves improve to 4-1. Horacio Ramirez was strong for the first 4 innings, but ran out of gas in the 5th. Bobby pulled him out of the game when he only needed one more out to be the pitcher of record. Kevin Gryboski got out of the 5th inning jam, and the bullpen pretty much coasted from there. Adam Bernero (2-0) pitched 2 scoreless innings to get the win. Jorge Sosa pitched a scoreless 8th and Chris Reitsma pitched the 9th, giving up a run.
Braves 3, Mets 1
John Thomson (1-0) pitched 7 strong innings, scattering 8 hits but not walking anyone while striking out 5, and allowing just a solo homer by Mike Piazza. Piazza was the only Met to advance past 2nd base. Marcus Giles was 2 for 3 in a brief return to the lineup, but he was hit by a pitch and fouled a ball off of his foot and is day-to-day. Roman Colon pitched a scoreless 8th and Dan Kolb a scoreless 9th for his 3rd save.